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Wet weather perfect time to throw in a line

GREAT CATCH: Mark Pace caught a large mouth nannygai, 109cm in length, at Round Top Island at the weekend.
GREAT CATCH: Mark Pace caught a large mouth nannygai, 109cm in length, at Round Top Island at the weekend. Contributed

DON'T be fooled by the wet weather, fish are still out, about and biting according to the region's best anglers.

Rainfall, and dirty water, has been known to attract fish due to extra nutrients in the water and a drop in atmospheric pressure, so die-hard anglers are commonly seen out roughing the conditions.

Compleate Angler North Mackay owner Bruce Nash said this amount of rain could be ideal, due to fish working on vibration in the water.

"The wet weather affects anglers more than it does the fish, most breeds don't mind the rain and dirty water," he said.

"When you're fishing on lures when it's pristine, clear water, fish tend to be a bit hesitant," he said.

"When colouration is a bit dirtier the fish travel a bit easier and feel more at ease, so it can actually be good to fish in dirty water as opposed to cleaner. It's just the anglers that don't seem too keen to get wet."

 

James Jarrett caught a 60cm grunter in the shipping channel.
James Jarrett caught a 60cm grunter in the shipping channel. Contributed

Mr Nash said the most favoured spots for anglers during wet weather are the beaches and creeks.

"Most popular is up towards the top of the tide on the local beaches; otherwise in your tinnies just hanging around your usual holes in different creek systems," he said.

"(Look for) saltier spots where the fish like to congregate, using strip bait normally sitting on the bottom of the creek. That's where the water will be saltiest, especially on the incoming tides."

According to Tackle World Mackay's Nathan Edwards, other wet weather fishing hotspots include the mouth of Sandy Creek, the front of Seaforth Creek and Teemburra Dam.

"The creeks will start to dirty up again and will start to run a bit more fresh water down them," he said.

"With the small tides it may make the tops of the creek a little bit less appealing to fish, the best spots are probably out the mouth of the creeks.

"Teemburra Dam and creek would also be worth a shot at this time of year, with all the water flowing down the hills and the little gullies around the dam."

 

Andrew Cocup snagged this 120cm barramundi in a creek near Sarina at the weekend.
Andrew Cocup snagged this 120cm barramundi in a creek near Sarina at the weekend. Contributed

According to Mr Nash, anglers can expect to see species like barramundi, trevally, king salmon and finger mark about, but also plenty of crabs.

"It would definitely be worthwhile popping in a couple of pots, this weather will keep the crabs moving around and encourage them to get out of their holes," he said.

"They don't like the fresh water so it should move them into the front of the creek in shallow mud flats, but with that, so will all your stingers.

"The rain will wash out species such as irukandji from the mangroves and into the water, so it's just important to be extra vigilant. You also have to keep in mind things like crocodiles. Dirtier water makes it hard to be aware of what's around - you just have to be careful."

Mr Edwards said anglers also should be on the lookout for loose logs and floating objects when travelling in boats up the creeks.

"The rain will get everything moving so just be on the lookout," he said.

"And also be mindful of changing formations in sand bars and channels too."

Forecast

Tues - Wed: 23-28°, 95% chance of rain.

Thurs - Fri: 23-30°, 90% and 70% chance of rain.

Sat: 23-31°, 70% chance of rain.

Sun: 23-32°, 40% chance of rain.

Topics:  barramundi season crabbing crab pots fishing fishing season fishing tips mackay weather stingers wet weather where to fish


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